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Why Jorge Luis Borges Still Matters

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Wes Henricksen

Barry University, US
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Jorge Luis Borges died thirty-six years ago. Yet, he remains as popular today as he ever was in life. In this essay, I attempt to explain why. I explore how Borges is, on one hand, heralded as a genius in literary circles, but on the other, he is virtually unknown to the general public. I then discuss the enormous impact Borges has had on modern literature and film, including recent popular books and movies. I conclude that Borges's impact on art is what keeps him relevant and admired decades after his passing.

 

Jorge Luis Borges murió hace treinta y seis años. Sin embargo, sigue siendo tan popular hoy como lo fue en la vida. En este ensayo, intento explicar por qué. Exploro el hecho de que Borges, por un lado, sea considerado un genio en círculos literarios, mientras que, por otro, quede prácticamente desconocido ante el público en general. Luego presento el enorme impacto de Borges en la literatura y el cine modernos, incluso en libros y películas populares recientes. Concluyo que el impacto de Borges en el arte es lo que lo mantiene relevante y admirado décadas después de su fallecimiento.

 

 

How to Cite: Henricksen, W., 2022. Why Jorge Luis Borges Still Matters. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 6(1), pp.128–138. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/marlas.386
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Published on 28 Jun 2022.
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